How to Write a Cover Letter to a Place Where You Were Formerly Employed


In today's world, workers often shift from one company to another. Crafting a cover letter for a job at a company where you previously worked is a bit different than writing one to a company where no one knows you.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with word processing application
  • Name and address of hiring manager
  • Open a document in your word processing application and begin writing your cover letter with your name, address, and the date.

  • Enter the name and address of the hiring manager and a greeting. Although you might know this person, use the traditional business salutation instead of just his or her first name.

  • In your opening paragraph, express your feelings about the open position. For example, "It was a welcome surprise to see the assistant director of marketing position advertised. This is the opportunity for which I have been waiting."

  • Talk about your accomplishments during your employment at the company. Leave out the reason you left (that can be covered in the interview). Do describe what you have learned since you left.

  • Express a desire to meet with representatives at the company to learn more about the position, how the company has evolved and how you can be an integral part of the firm's future.

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